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ESS DVD Solution Selected by Acer
FREMONT, Calif., May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- ESS Technology, Inc. today announced that Acer® Group (Taipei, Taiwan) has incorporated ESS Technology's DVD solution into its new DVD player.

"With the combination of ESS' full-featured Swan(TM) DVD solution and Acer's system design expertise as well as efficient manufacturing infrastructure, we can create DVD players with competitive advantages in price, performance and consumer applications for the growing DVD opportunities worldwide," stated Mr. Rick Lei, Vice President & General Manager of Computer and Consumer Business Unit of the Acer Group.

ESS' Swan(TM) DVD solution, the ES4308, is designed to offer a highly integrated and cost-effective DVD Player solution with a new level of digital video and audio performance for the Consumer Electronics market. It is based on a production-proven Programmable Multimedia Processor (PMP) core architecture, consisting of a 32-bit RISC CPU and a 64-bit Video Processor Engine. Key features include a built-in CPU for DVD navigation, MPEG-2 video & Dolby Digital decoding, sub-picture decoding, Content Scrambling System, On Screen Display processing, NTSC disc to PAL display and vice versa with SmartScale(TM), and S/PDIF digital audio output.

The ESS Swan(TM) DVD solution is fully backward compatible with the SuperVCD, Video CD 2.0, and Interactive VideoCD 3.0 standards, as well as the Audio CD standard. This allows consumers to enjoy the new DVD entertainment experience and still be able to play all the existing video or CD titles on the market.

"Acer is a proven leader in Taiwan and South East Asia DVD player markets. Acer also has strong name brand presence in Europe and Latin America," said Johnston Chen, Vice President of Consumer Products at ESS. "We are very pleased to have Acer launch its DVD players based on ESS' SWAN(TM) solution. Our flexible architecture prepares Acer and other OEMs to extend DVD functions to applications such as Web Browser and Internet Phone, all based on the same platform."

About The Acer Group

Founded in 1976, the Acer Group's business includes research, manufacturing and marketing of personal computers, consumer electronics, motherboards, communications products, computer peripherals, and semiconductors. Acer also provides Internet services, application software and intellectual property, and is developing digital services. Acer is one of the world's top 10 personal computer brands, with 1998 revenue of US$6.7 billion. More than 28,000 employees work at Acer's 120 affiliates in 37 countries. The parent company, Acer Inc., is Taiwan's largest importer/exporter as well as its largest private-sector manufacturer. Acer's Web address is .

About ESS Technology

ESS Technology, Inc. supplies Internet, modem, PC audio and digital video solutions for the Internet, PC and consumer markets. ESS designs, develops, and markets highly integrated mixed signal semiconductor, hardware, software and system solutions for Internet, PC and multimedia applications. ESS, headquartered in Fremont, California, has sales and technical support offices in Austin and Houston, Texas; Irvine, California; Bellevue, Washington; Beijing and Shenzhen, China; Tokyo, Japan; Taipei, Taiwan; Seoul, Korea; and Hong Kong. ESS Technology is listed on the Nasdaq Market System under the symbol ESST. World Wide Web site: .

The matters discussed in this news release include certain forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, not limited to, the timely availability and acceptance of the Company's new products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, the dependence on continued growth in demand for PC and consumer multimedia products, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the SEC reports of ESS, including the reports on Form 10-K and Form 10Q. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

SOURCE: ESS Technology, Inc.

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